Iowa will face Wisconsin in Friday’s quarterfinals
Badgers advance with 75-74 victory over Penn State
By Pat Harty
Less than a week after playing a highly emotional and physical regular-season finale at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa and Wisconsin will do battle again.
This time, round three will take place in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday as Wisconsin escaped with a 75-74 victory Penn State on Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Wisconsin led by 18 points in the second half before the Nittany Lions trimmed the deficit to one point in the closing seconds. Penn State had a chance to win the game, but committed a turnovers on its final possession.
Fifth-ranked Iowa (20-7, 14-6) swept the regular-season series against the Badgers, including a hotly contested 77-73 victory this past Sunday on Senior Day at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The game was physical throughout, but especially in the closing minutes as Wisconsin senior guard Brad Davison was called for a flagrant foul against Iowa freshman forward Keegan Murray, who then made both free throws to help secure the victory.
Wisconsin coach Greg Gard was clearly upset with the officiating in last Sunday’s game, and he also defended Davison afterwards.
Iowa won last Sunday despite its second leading scorer – junior Joe Wieskamp – suffering a lower leg injury about midway through the first half. The 6-foot-6 Wieskamp watched the second half from the Iowa bench with his lower right leg in a boot.
Wieskamp had scored 12 points when he was injured, and is now listed as day-to-day.
Iowa is the No. 3 seed in the tournament, while Wisconsin is the sixth seed. This marks the 22nd time that Wisconsin has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
Friday’s game will start at approximately 8 p.m. and will be televised by the Big Ten Network.